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Mexican Cities and States Could Run Out of Water. What’s the Solution?

Lauren Rothman and her partner rented a house in Oaxaca City with a large 10,000-liter-capacity cistern—and despite that, and although they took daily measures to curb their water consumption, their cistern routinely ran dry before the next water delivery, leaving them without water for days at a time. More than 22 million people in Mexico City could soon face a complete water shortage, and millions more around the country deal with frequent droughts and water shortages. Is it time to rethink our relationship with water?

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Farmworkers Cannot Wait for OSHA to Adequately Protect Them From Heat

US farmworkers are a shocking ​35 times more likely to die​ from heat than other workers, and their growing vulnerability to heat stress cannot be blamed on climate alone – there are social and political causes, stemming from the way agricultural work is performed, organized and regulated. But since we don’t have years for these workers to gain the right to safe working conditions, action must be taken by civil society and the private sector. Here, we take a look at some of the ​comprehensive standards and protocols​ that have been developed for heat stress prevention and response, and what remains to be done.

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The Real Reason Food Costs Have Skyrocketed

When pressed, the nation’s biggest food processors and retailers, including General Mills, PepsiCo, and Tyson, say they’re doing their best to keep prices down, and blame inflation for unavoidable price rises. But as these companies hide behind ‘difficult times,’ they’re making record profits, issuing generous dividends to their shareholders, and spending billions of dollars buying back their own shares on the open market to inflate stock value, a move that serves to enrich executives and investors at consumers’ cost.

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The Unseen Role of Prisons in Our Food System

Our legal system is complicated, with roots in racial capitalism that drive mass incarceration; there’s also a mix of incentives within the prison network that promote various versions of convict leasing, agricultural labor programs, and coercive labor practices. And while the definitive numbers on prison labor in agriculture have been largely mysterious, we’ve recently learned more about which states, brands, and producers benefit most from this phenomenon.

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What are ‘Food Barons’— and Why Should You Care?

In short, a ‘food baron’ is someone who’s benefitted from deregulation of the American food industry, a phenomenon that has consolidated wealth in the hands of select tycoons, and along the way, hollowed out the nation’s rural towns and local businesses. Here, Charlie Hope D’Anieri interviews Austin Frerick on his new book, Barons, which provides a portrait of our food system through stories of its oligarchs.

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How Can Chefs Help to Change the Food System?

Katherine Miller, former senior director of food policy at the James Beard Foundation and author of At the Table: The Chef’s Guide to Advocacy, explains to Mark why chefs are so uniquely suited to help us fix what’s broken in the world of food.

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In Kenya, Food Sovereignty Is Alive and Well

Careful readers of The Bittman Project will note that we are increasingly giving active support to some of our especially like-minded partners. Among these is Agroecology Fund, a participatory grantmaking fund that supports agroecology movements from Mexico to Mali to Malaysia.

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Cow Milk Mafia

Astonishingly, if your school participates in the school lunch program, federal law makes it illegal for students to publicly criticize…

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More About Ozempic, Obesity, and the Real Cure

As I’m lucky to be both a friend and a colleague of David Katz, who has more authority in this field than I do, I’m going to provide you with links to a couple of stories he’s written that further amplify the notion that we’re both trying to get across: That calling obesity a ‘disease’ is not only incorrect from a medical perspective, it blames the victim and willfully ignores the causes of this ‘disease.’

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Food Waste Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Why worry about the corn husk when the corn itself is grown for nonsensical purposes? No one is going to…

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My Most Important Project Yet

Plus: Dishing with the Sesame Street monsters, the good kind of summer rain, and the best daily chore This Week’s…

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How to Catch Salmon in the Beautiful, Complicated Alaskan Waters

Going along for the ride as a master reels in what might be the best-tasting sustainable seafood there is Paid…

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María Mercedes Grubb Will Not Be Denied

Through hurricanes, earthquakes, and a pandemic — not to mention the usual restaurant-world sexism — Grubb has managed to clear…

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Can Someone Please Explain To Me What the Hell We're Waiting For?

Electric cars and salads and solar power are barely even baby steps. We need to mount the equivalent of a…

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How to Embrace Fish Farming

From mussels to kelp, our oceans are telling us what to grow Fish is among the most challenging subjects in…

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Entirely Unrelated to Food

And incredibly important Please consider donating to one or both causes: Texas Elementary School Shooting Victims Fund Everytown for Gun…

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Why Are People Behaving Like Baby Despots?

Post pandemic, people are as rude to service workers as ever “Why are you making that face? Did I say…

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How Covid Is Changing the Feast-Fast Cycle of Shoreside Restaurants

Cheap rents, an exodus from cities, and demand for outdoor dining have led to a bump for out-of-the-way spots in…